The Hidden Keys – Andre Alexis

the-hidden-keys-andre-alexisI, like many others, was conflicted over Alexis’ previous book 15 Dogs, despite all the awards. In contrast, this new book is a delight – a mystery and a heist caper. The characters are a treasure, each vivid and unique. And like De Wit’s Sisters Brothers, there is some philosophizing over good and evil, so overall, a very entertaining book.

15 Dogs by Andre Alexis

15 Dogs by Andre AlexisAn inventive and imaginative book that is deserving of recent accolades (Governor General’s Award, Giller). Apollo and Hermes make a wager on the consequences of granting human consciousness to 15 dogs. In most cases, there is not much consequence in short lives terminated by violence. But in a few instances, there are very interesting passages about love versus loyalty, the impact of language, and the role of dominance.

Amy note: As seen at the Vancouver Writers Festival, 2015